KB, BMO, OCN And BBT, Pushing Financial Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 15,878 as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,973 issues advancing vs. 972 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the sector that fell today was Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.9%. Top gainers within the sector include T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW), up 4.5%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 3.7%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 3.1%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 3.0% and American International Group ( AIG), up 3.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. KB Financial Group ( KB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, KB Financial Group is down $0.78 (-2.3%) to $32.95 on average volume. Thus far, 55,459 shares of KB Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 133,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.62-$33.49 after having opened the day at $33.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.73.

KB Financial Group Inc., a financial holding company, provides various banking and related financial services to consumers and corporations primarily in Korea. KB Financial Group has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates KB Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full KB Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is down $0.67 (-1.1%) to $62.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 262,084 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 348,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.37-$63.34 after having opened the day at $63.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.37.

Bank of Montreal provides various retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $41.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Bank of Montreal a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) is down $1.48 (-3.2%) to $45.13 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Ocwen Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.87-$46.57 after having opened the day at $46.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.61.

Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial Corporation has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ocwen Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ocwen Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.28 (-0.7%) to $37.51 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.35-$37.87 after having opened the day at $37.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.79.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $27.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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